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God of the Mountains: Behind the Song

Posted By Silas Sproul, Director of Worship On Friday, September 20, 2019

Does God even love me? How could God love me? These questions can be quite different from each other. The former questions God’s love in light of circumstances, the latter questions whether we have the appeal or worth in ourselves to merit God’s love.

Five years ago I was in a season of life where I found that what I believed and what I felt were at odds. I believed that I was a child of God by the work of Christ, but felt like I was losing grasp of my identity. I believed that God was sovereign, but I felt like I was losing control on my circumstances and needed to have control back. I believed that I was saved by grace through faith, but I felt like I needed to do more to be a “good Christian,” deserving of salvation. I believed truth, but I felt deception starting to take shape in reality. In worn-out frustration, I wrote,

“Troubled spirit, o my soul, I’m trying hard to keep control, when all I should do is let go. And though right now I cannot see the beautiful way that you lead me, I will trust that you are sovereign in the hurricane.”

The chorus that followed confessed the greatness of God and praised Him for His power to save, and for His unfailing love.

Every so often, I would come back to that song, grateful for the way that the truth of God’s Word had come to expression through song in my life. In response to the Spirit’s work of administering God’s Word in my life, the song took new form, shifting away from the idea of the troubles I face and centering more on the radical love, power, and sovereignty of God.  

Some of my favorite truths of God to be reminded of, and to contemplate in light of each other, are the realities of His transcendence and imminence; His self-sufficiency and love for mankind; His justice and grace; His “big picture” and His unrivaled sovereignty over every little detail of creation. No problem is too great for God and no person is too small for God. You, reader, are fearfully and wonderfully made, and your story is wonderfully powerful in God’s hands. Let our lives bear witness to the greatest story – the gospel. 

Our disposition before God is one of willful rebellion and wrath (Eph. 2:1-3). Yet God desires that all would come to knowledge of the saving truth (1 Tim. 2:4; John 8:31-32). He gave His Son as payment for our sin while we were still sinners, yet He loved us and gave His Son for us (Rom. 5:8). As we contemplate these truths, it is fitting and good that we respond in singing His praise (Psalm 96:1-2)! He is the one who created all that you see and marvel at (Psalm 104), He is sovereign – even when man, culture and law are wicked, God is the final authority (Rom. 13:1), and in His great power and love, He has brought to life that which was once dead (Eph. 2:4-9). If you are His child, you are His forever and NOTHING can separate you from His love (Rom. 8:39-39). The assurance of love and salvation has nothing to do with how great you are, and everything to do with how great He is. By His work, we are citizens to a kingdom that cannot be shaken (Heb. 12:28).

Consider the truth of Psalm 95. He is the rock of our salvation, and He is our King! I also encourage you to read the lyrics to this song. May God’s Word minister to you and may we respond in singing songs of praise. He is worthy.

Psalm 95:1-6 English Standard Version (ESV)

Let Us Sing Songs of Praise

95 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;

    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

3 For the Lord is a great God,

    and a great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;

    the heights of the mountains are his also.

5 The sea is his, for he made it,

    and his hands formed the dry land.

6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

    let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

God of the Mountains 

Lyrics by Silas Sproul

Like an orphan son, Lord to You I come

Like a desert dry, thirsting for new life

My heart was heavy

My legs were weary

I needed you my God, to come and rescue me

Now we're singing out

You are the God of the mountains

With Your hands you dug the seas

You are the King of the nations

Bringing rulers to their knees

Oh God, how You've rescued me

My testimony stands and I lift up my hands

To hail the Savior of the world who came in love

My heart was heavy

My legs were weary

I needed you my God, to come and rescue me

Now we're singing out

You are the God of the mountains

With Your hands you dug the seas

You are the King of the nations

Bringing rulers to their knees

Oh God, how You've rescued me

There is no power or enemy

Nothing can separate me

From Your love, from Your love

You are the God of the mountains

With Your hands you dug the seas

You are the King of the nations

Bringing rulers to their knees

Oh God, how You've rescued me

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